With endless cascading waterfalls, black or white sand beaches, towering mountains that ascend into the clouds and miles and miles of native rainforest, New Zealand’s scenery is wild, majestic and unforgettable. The best way to see these unpopulated scenes is on your own two feet. Renowned for having some of the best day hikes in the world here are some ones you shouldn’t miss.
Mount Robert Circuit – Nelson Lakes National Park
Length: 4 hrs
Mount Robert Circuit on the South Island is often overlooked, Nelson Lakes National Park is a stunning area that deserves more attention. The Mount Robert Circuit is a well-graded track that can be walked in either direction and comprises of two separate tracks.
Lake Marian – Fiordland National Park
Length: 3 hrs
Hidden along the Te Anau – Milford Highway, this walk begins at the Lake Marian Waterfalls, an easy 15 minute stroll from the car park. The water crashes down the rocks, an impossible shade of blue. The track then becomes a tramping route, and the strenuous climb through the forest brings you to an opening where an alpine lake sits in a hanging valley. Surrounded by mountains, the lake offers reflective views on fine days.
Temple Basin – Arthur’s Pass National Park
Length: 3 hrs
Starting from the bush-line at the carpark, this track zig-zags up the side of the hill to the Temple Basin ski field. The track is marked, but the terrain is loose and unstable – sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Upon reaching the top, the views across the valley are simply marvellous.
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